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two projector automation system or used 42 platter 29 Sep 2010 11:57 #34635

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Hi.. we have a single screen with a two projector changeover automation system. It went Kaput. We have an old RGM automation system.. and its malfunction has triggered the coils in our changeover to burn out.. so we need to find this asap.

If anyone can help me locate this I would be grateful .

Other option is a 42 INCH platter.

thank you ..

Paul
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Re:two projector automation system or used 42 platter 29 Sep 2010 15:46 #34639

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Go for a platter!
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Re:two projector automation system or used 42 platter 30 Sep 2010 11:20 #34644

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Parts for a changeover are MUCH cheaper than a platter... even a decent used one. You can also buy complete replacements. That will still cost you less than a good platter & the time & labor to change the booth around.

What I think is more important is how you're running your theatre. If you only keep your shows for a short time, reel-to-reel is a better choice. If you run a lot of classic films, some distributors don't want you to chop up their prints for platter use... making reel-to-reel the way to go. If you're concerned about the very rare, but possible projector breakdown, a changeover system gives you a "backup" projector. If you keep a projectionist upstairs, a changeover booth will give him/her something to do.

On the other hand; If you run several shows a day, or run your prints for several days, or weeks, a platter can make sense. It can be said that a platter is generally easier on an overall print, as there's not as much human handling of the film during the run. If you don't have a pristine, dust and oil-free booth, this can make a difference. If you have a small staff, a well maintained and operated platter booth can require less attention during a show, making booth personnel available for other tasks.

Personally, I wouldn't make a decision to cut a changeover booth in half only because my dousers had burned out. Those things happen. Next time, fuse the douser circuit... much cheaper!
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Re:two projector automation system or used 42 platter 30 Sep 2010 22:06 #34650

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That old RGM automation was nothing to write home about. Even an old Eprad Co-Operator was a thousand times better than an RGM unit!
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Re: two projector automation system or used 42 platter 05 Jan 2011 20:33 #35088

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Are you still in need of changeover coils?
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Re: two projector automation system or used 42 platter 06 Jan 2011 16:59 #35098

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Re: two projector automation system or used 42 platter 06 Jan 2011 21:27 #35103

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You haven't said what size reels you use but what's wrong with doing the changeovers manually? If you choose to go with another system I would suggest a reel tower. There's too much that can go wrong with a platter. I've never heard of a "brain-wrap" on a reel tower or never heard of the film being thrown off a reel.
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Re: two projector automation system or used 42 platter 02 Aug 2011 15:48 #36777

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I have a drive-in, & I'm putting the second machine back in & removing the (old AW2) platter! I want to show archive films, sometimes.
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